After working somewhere for 10 years and making a lot of great friends and contacts, I wanted to say goodbye in as memorable a way a possible.
Being known for "doing things differently" and a love for displaying information graphically I wanted to eschew the common "farewell note" that is entirely text, and show off my unique personality.
Trying to sum up all the work that I've done, and people that I was impacted by would have been a tall order in text anyway, so I took the graphical approach and let people know that for the most part my time at IBM was wonderful, and that they had a hand in that.
The note was received by ~600 people and commented on by ~200 of them. Many felt flattered to receive the wishes, and commented on the design. One person remarked: "Typical of you, that was the best goodbye email I've ever seen."
The graphic was created in Adobe Illustrator, using a public domain handwriting font.